Though the Denver Broncos had a solid wide receiver corps entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the team selected one and added three others as undrafted free agents.
One of those guys is former Temple wide receiver Branden Mack, who brings a 6-foot-3, 217-pound frame to the professional level.
In 34 games with the Owls, Mack caught 131 passes for 1,859 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Mack is a receiver who generally likes to work the outside of the field and threaten the defense vertically. He is not going to be a guy who catches seven or more passes in a game at the next level, but he does have the skills to make some big plays down the field.
Mack is not the fastest guy on the field but he does know how to use his size to shield off defenders and help make the difficult catches.
One area where he does excel is as a downfield blocker and that is something that could endear him to the coaching staff in Denver. He will struggle to get separation at the next level, however, so he is going to have to find a role and become reliable in that area to have a chance of sticking around.
The Broncos already have four solid receivers in Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Tim Patrick. The status of DaeSean Hamilton seems to be up in the air and then the team has sixth-round pick Seth Williams. Behind them, there are still seven other wide receivers on the roster.
Chances of making the final roster (1-10 scale): 2
Mack will struggle to make this team and he will have to become a force on special teams to even stand out from the crowd. The Broncos have a deep receiving corps and Mack is likely playing for one of the spots on the practice squad.
But that is not the end of the world and for a guy like Mack, who never drew many headlines as a college player, that’s a big accomplishment. If he can make the practice squad and sign a futures contract in the offseason, he could be one of those fringe guys who is able to hang around for a handful of years and make an impression on the team, even if it’s a quiet one.